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Mastercard, Visa To Help Target Ads 222

New submitter ThatsMyNick writes "The two largest credit-card networks, Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., are pushing into a new business: using what they know about people's credit-card purchases for targeting them with ads online. 'A MasterCard document obtained by the Journal outlines some of the company's plans, which included linking Web users with purchases. According to document, the credit card provider said it believes "you are what you buy." ... Visa is planning a similar service, which would aggregate its customers' purchase history into segments, including location, to make ads more effective at appealing to people in a respective area.'"
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Mastercard, Visa To Help Target Ads

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  • Do not want (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Spy Handler ( 822350 ) on Tuesday October 25, 2011 @04:54PM (#37836782) Homepage Journal

    I'm for small government and as much a libertarian as anyone here, but this is one of those times where the government needs to step in and put some regulation in place.

    We need something similar to the do-not-call-list thingie they did a few years ago for telephone numbers, where you opt yourself in and you don't get hounded at home from telemarketers.

  • by elwin_windleaf ( 643442 ) on Tuesday October 25, 2011 @05:03PM (#37836922) Homepage

    I would be curious to see what effect services like PayPal would have on the ability for credit card companies to sell your data to advertisers. Do they still receive the relevant data, or is that retained at PayPal's level?

    Granted, there's also nothing to prevent PayPal from doing the same thing with the customer data it collects. Back to gold doubloons handled with gloves, I suppose...

  • Well FUCK. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JustAnotherIdiot ( 1980292 ) on Tuesday October 25, 2011 @05:12PM (#37837048)

    make ads more effective at appealing to people in a respective area

    Please, please no...I hate this place and the people in it with a passion, the last thing I want is to be bombarded with the bullshit they buy -.-

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